Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.71/5 rDev +1.9%
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.
Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.
Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.
Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.
Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.
Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer.
12-27-2012 08:13:39 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.75/5 rDev +3%
Clear golden appearance in a pint glass, minimal head as served at a restaurant.
Taste is smooth and light. Belgian yeast prevalent but not overwhelming. Hops also on the light side. Smooth, refreshing, enjoyable. A decent offering, not great. A good fun session beer just in time for summer.
04-18-2012 03:23:52 | More by NWer
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.
LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head
SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy
TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish
I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.
07-12-2012 03:20:00 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with foamy, frothy, stark white head.
Smell: Lemon, grapefruit, orange (peel?), wheat, pepper, and other spices.
Taste: More orange than in the aroma, and it has a sweet edge, leading me to believe that orange peel likely was used. Strong lemon and grapefruit hop notes combat the wheat. Relatively low bitterness on the finish, but lots of spice, with notes of coriander and pepper.
Feel: Light, effervescent body that is very dry, crisp and refreshing. Great fit for this beer.
Overall: This has just jumped into my top echelon of summer beers. Although I do believe the IPA moniker may be somewhat deceiving, as it is mainly a ramped up Witbier.
06-30-2012 01:42:48 | More by bsp77
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
A-Poured into a pint glass this definitely looks like a Belgian white...less than a finger of pure white head that quickly breaks down into just a skim layer. Fairly hazy and very lightly colored, its such a pale yellow there are tints of green when looking at this beer in the light. Reminds me of Hoegaarden.
S-Ok, now it no longer reminds me of Hoegaarden. There is wheat in there but it takes a back seat to the fresh aromatic hops, very fruity (definitely Citra), I think this is mostly hops but perhaps the Belgian yeast aroma is also adding to this nice fruity aroma. Just a hint of grass in there too. Nice aroma!
T-Yes this does taste like a white IPA. Wheaty and hoppy-the hop flavor is like the aroma. There is quite a bit of spice bite in here too. Coriander upfront and then you get the orange in the background with the hops having a strong influence on the overall taste. Plenty of different flavors in here, complex.
M-Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, no unwanted alcohol burn. Finish is a bit long, exactly how I would expect a white IPA. Slightly astringent and mouthdrying.
O-I think I would enjoy this a bit more if it was less IPA and more Belgian white. But then again I absolutely love a good Belgian white and am not a big fan of IPAs. It has a really nice Belgian wit backbone. However, this is such an interesting brew I can see this one becoming quite popular given its uniqueness. Deschutes is so great at making the dark beers, this one in it's own way is such a well made beer I might have to give their other lighter beers a closer look. One of my absolute favorite breweries. I'm going to have to find a way to visit Bend. Well done!
09-01-2012 01:50:47 | More by deebo
Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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